The Gunners are after a new striker this summer
Arsene Wenger will try to agree a deal with Liverpool to bring England striker Daniel Sturridge to the Emirates this summer.
The Frenchman has finally realised, according to reports, that he is in need of bringing in a recognised goalscorer – with the Liverpool man having proved prolific at times, when absent from injury – and is now targeting the Reds striker.
Sturridge scored in Liverpool’s 3-0 home win over Villarreal on Thursday night, confirming their place in the Europa League final, after being left out in the first leg, in Spain. And there have been doubts about the former Chelsea man’s future at Anfield.
It is understood that Wenger is ready to offer £30 million for the striker, who has missed much of the season through injury, while Liverpool value the player at more than what the north London club are prepared to offer.
However, Sturridge’s injury record means that Arsenal could take the striker for a fee nearer what they are prepared to pay, with few other potential high-profile suitors a possible option for the England international.
A return to either Chelsea or Manchester City is pretty much out of the question, while the Reds would refuse to sell to rivals Manchester United, meaning there would be few options for the 26-year-old.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Sturridge as an “unbelievable player” on Thursday night, and the club are not looking to sell the player, although the striker, himself, has admitted it can be frustrating, at times, to be left on the bench.
But the England man recently stated he wants to stay at Anfield, while he could be targeted by the Gunners, with Wenger having failed to consistently chose between either Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck, this season.